Flight operations resume as organised labour suspends strike

Flight operations have resumed at major airports in Nigeria after labour unions suspended their nationwide strike on Tuesday.

Bluepring reports that this is as Aviation unions opened barricaded airport terminals, following suspension of the indefinite strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The General Secretary of Air Traffic Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Francis Akinjole, said the strike was ‘relaxed’ for a week to enable the unions to continue talk with the federal government on a new minimum wage.

Akinjole said all blocked access points at the Lagos domestic airport terminals I (General Aviation Terminal) and II (Murtala Muhammed Airport II) and others had been opened.

Also, the President General of Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), Alale Adedayo, said the organised labour had accepted federal government’s offer for continued negotiations.

Adedayo said flight operations has resumed on the domestic wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.

It was also learnt that the situation was the same at other major airports including Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

Passengers were seen boarding Value Jet, Ibom Air, Arik Air and United Nigeria Airline at Murtala Mohammed Airport II managed by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Ltd.

Muyioluwa Maraiyese, a Value Jet passenger going to Abuja, said he expected the labour unions to barricade roads during the strike to disallow road transport since they disrupted flight operations.

However, at the Lagos to Abuja check-in stand of the Air Peace, it was announced that flights have been rescheduled.

An aggrieved passenger of the airline, Monalisa Phillip, said the airline did not give any reason for the flight rescheduling.